I am blogging on the long road trip to Florida. Sunshine, here we come!

So many of my friends are having babies so I thought it would be fun to source nursery art from an unusual source-Kirkland's.  Kirkland's is one of my go to sources for family room, bedroom, and dining room art aka "Adult rooms" but they have some fun pieces for a little boy or girl's room too.



  

Metal Daisy Wall Plaques

Kirkland's


Vibrant Floral Canvas Oil Painting

Blue or Green Wall panels hook

Butterfly Love Canvas Art Print


Docked Boats on the Water Birchwood Art Print



Comic Book Wall Plaques


I love to use art in my home that is personal to my family as I think that helps make our house a home. I am a big fan of Albie Design's. I would love the Washington DC, San Diego and the San Fran prints. 





I found a similar style of prints at Ikea of Paris and London which were some of our favorite vacations.

Poster, set of 3, London, Paris, New York

Do you have any travel prints in your home from vacations?  Or vacations you are dreaming about?




Meet the newest member of our lighting family...




And while we are focusing on the living room, don't our Kirkland's mirrors look an awful like these from Restoration Hardware?



WEATHERED ZINC TRIPLE FEZ MIRROR

$1495

I am so glad that Handsome Hubby (he's smart and thrifty too!) found our mirrors on clearance! They were $1400 less!

Happy Sunday to you!  I am so excited because the Handsome Hubby is currently installing our new ceiling fan.  Yay!  No more boob light!



While we were all snowed in, we had dinner at Christina's house and were hanging out in her Front Room.  She mentioned that she really wanted grey walls instead of the teal that I suggested.  I updated the board and swapped the paint color, curtains and pendant light.

Here's a mini update for her dining room.  Christina already has  a gorgeous dining room, all we needed was paint, curtain and some accessories to tie it to the adjoining Front Room. 






They say that imitation is a form of flattery, well Emily A Clark should feel quite flattered!  I love her blog!  And she is only a couple of hours away in Charlotte, maybe one day I will actually meet her.


Emily A. Clark posted about her top 10 go-to home accessories, I am going to take it one step further and source an example of each for you.

1. A pair of lamps (that aren’t buffet style). 


2. Glass vessels in different sizes.


  Cape Vase                       Glass Cloche


The best source for Apothecary Jars is Homegoods!

3. A (big) round mirror.

4. Several decorative objects for layering. 



5. Garden stools. 



Friday's Favorite Things

You guys seem to like my Favorite Things post for World Market, so here's one from another one of my fave stores West Elm. When I started this collection I had no intention of creating a bedroom mood board, but this would make a gorgeous Master Bedroom.



Duvet|Polyhedron Objects |Geodesic Table Lamp|Blue Watercolor Landscape | MonteMirrors |Faceted Terrariums

My Second mood board winner was Stephanie!

She requested a kitchen remodel on a $5,000 budget.  I thought, "I can do that."  Then she told me that she doesn't DIY. NOT EVEN PAINT!  YIKES! I am hoping my board will help sway her.  Otherwise I think Stephanie's dreams of a dream kitchen will need to be split into phases that span over the next couple of years and that's fine too. 


Stephanie's kitchen has oak cabinets, fantastic oak wood floors, laminate countertops, an island, and a big breakfast nook with bay window. It has great bones!

Stephanie and her husband envisioned concrete and stainless steel counters with gray walls and a farm house table.  To tie in the black appliances, I added black accents in the rug and bar stools. 

Here's what I came up with:


More to come on sources and possible DIY options, plus a special spot for her adorable pooch and kitty. 





Hello?  Is anyone there?  I know folks are out there and checking out my blog....but no one leaves comments.  If you have a design dilemma, leave me a comment and or a picture and I will do my best to find a solution for you.  Sound good?  Amanda-This means you!  I can't remember what your curved staircase looks like, but this is an amazing design dilemma to have!  I want a curved staircase!  They are so grand.


  • I am looking for volunteers for one more complimentary design board. Leave a comment if you are interested with the room you have in mind and why you need help with it. I will then pick one and post the final design


I don't know about you, but I thought both the Super Bowl and the commercials were boring.  Bruno Mars and the Red Hot Chili Peppers put on a good, but not great, half time show.  The only thing that saved the Super Bowl for me was good food and good friends.

My handsome hubby made his infamous Cafe Adobe Shrimp:

Shrimp, peeled and deveined
Cooked bacon (not crispy, still bendable)
Jalapenos, sliced and deseeded
Pepper jack cheese slices cut into squares
Buffalo wing sauce

Take a shrimp, cheese slice and jalapeno and wrap in an entire piece of bacon.  Secure with a toothpick. Bake on 400 degrees for about 20 minutes.  Pour a thin layer of buffalo sauce on top.  Serve.  For easier munching, I recommend slicing the bacon into large squares and stacking it on top of the cheese and jalapeno.

Besides the Super Bowl, on Saturday I found a cool new spot for finding treasures aka cool junk in Raleigh called Vintage Treasures.  My favorite shop was Vignette.  Gail is the shop owner and she is very sweet!  You should definitely go by and check it out!




See my Instagram feed to the right for more cool stuff I found at Vignette.

Also on sight this weekend was Ladybug's